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Video: Evaluating teat-end health

University of Wisconsin-Extension milking systems specialists Doug Reinemannand John Penry added a new video to UW Milk Quality’s “Evaluating Milking Performance” video series.


Herbicide-resistant weeds increasing in Wisconsin

Researchers and farmers are closely watching two types of herbicide-resistant pigweeds that have begun sprouting in Wisconsin.

The Palmer Amaranth has wreaked havoc on cotton and soybean farms in the south and has been found on two southern Wisconsin farms. Water hemp has become increasingly problematic in the state, with fields completely resistant to glyphosate, also known as Roundup.

University of Wisconsin Cropping Systems Weed Scien-tist Vince Davis said there are ways to combat the weeds.


FSA can help hobby farmers become producers

Many hobby farmers for beef cattle, vegetables, or honey or maple syrup (especially this time of year) have considered increasing production for additional income.
For many, however, obstacles include cash to expand, the financial impact of crop failure, and product storage.


HomeNews W.D. Hoard & Sons acquires ‘Hay & Forage Grower’

W.D. Hoard & Sons Co., the publisher of Hoard’s Dairyman magazine, has acquired certain intellectual property assets related to the publication Hay & Forage Grower, including its database.
The Fort Atkinson publishing company plans to introduce a refreshed look for the print magazine, as well as the digital newsletters and websites.


Keeping our water safe, clean is collaborative effort

As we celebrate World Water Day in March, it’s good to pause and remember that water is a fixed asset. If we keep it clean and use it wisely, it will continue to meet our current and future needs for drinking water, recreation and energy, as well as the needs of the many other animals and plants with which we share our planet.

Mike Rankin

It’s time to evaluate winter wheat fields

Unlike last March, the newer version has provided some warm enough weather to get the winter wheat thinking about a new start. This should initiate the spring ritual of walking wheat fields and assessing stand condition.


National Ag Day: Honoring the contributions of agriculture

Although National Ag Day has come and gone, the importance of this date is apparent all year long.

March 18 was set aside to reflect and celebrate the traditions and advancement of agriculture. Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of agriculture. This is no longer the case. Less than one-half percent of today’s population derive their family income from agriculture.


USDA data says 97 percent of farms are family owned

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry with 97 percent of the nation’s 2.1 million farms falling into that category.


‘Mostly favorable’ weather forecast for spring planting

The outlook for spring planting in much of the Upper Midwest, including eastern Wisconsin, looks better than 2014.

Mild temperatures and “variable” precipitation are part of the long-term forecast for spring field work for much of the region, an agricultural meteorologist said this week.


The Root of it All: Snow mold in the lawn

Now that the snow has melted from my yard I can see some problems. In some areas, the grass is matted down, and in the morning sun it shines and shimmers like it is covered with spider webs. Is this an insect problem? Is there something I should do to correct it, or is my grass dead? Thanks for your help. — Lou, Racine.


Walker’s budget could indirectly affect Aldo Leopold Nature Center

There’s no shortage of issues, organizations or classes of people affected by Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget. Among those topics is the environment and the many avenues of expenses related to it.

Slated for elimination are the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, and the Department of Public Instruction’s environmental education consultant position. The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education would lose its legislated mandate. These cuts to environmental education are in addition to heavy cuts in other agencies that support environmental research and education, including the Department of Natural Resources and UW Extension.


Agriculture key part of plan to improve watershed health

Improving agricultural practices is a central part of a new plan to improve the health of the Red Cedar Watershed, according to presenters at the annual Red Cedar Watershed Conference held last Thursday in Menomonie.
Daniel Zerr, a UW-Extension natural resource educator, presented a plan by Red Cedar Water Quality Partnership focused on reducing phosphorus in Tainter Lake at the lower part of watershed by 40% within 10 years. Phosphorus in soil, fertilizer and animal waste fuels blue-green algae blooms seen in local lakes.


Monroe Co. Cranberry Grower Named ‘AgVocate of the Year’

Attendees of the Wisconsin Ag Women’s Summit in Madison last weekend had the opportunity to witness the naming of the 2015 AgVocate of the Year. Nodji VanWychen of Warrens earned the honor for her efforts in promoting awareness of agriculture to members of her community and beyond.